How To Stop Yellow Pages Home Delivery

It’s Yellow Pages and White Pages home delivery season.

The hue and cry is rising from the web about the needless delivery of these herculean volumes that few people in 2009 are thumbing through. Sure, a certain generation may be more familiar with books than Google, but when my 85 yr old Grandfather can figure out how to get online to play Bridge 8 hours a day, the savviness of the upper demos has reached a point where the phone books are redundant.


1. Visit
2. Fill in your personal information.
3. Select which directories you would like to no longer receive. (This is an opt-out program).
4. Do this by November 19, 2009.

To try and keep delivery numbers strong, the Yellow Pages have created smaller localized directories (because you’re not likely to order takeout from Maple Ridge if you live in West Van).

I agree having the menus in the Yellow Pages when ordering take out is convenient, but being tech savvy individuals we should be encouraging businesses to have user friendly websites with simple menu listings that are easily found in search engines.

Despite the option to opt out of home delivery, the Yellow Pages haven’t disappeared entirely. Mobile applications have been released to get the Yellow Pages on your iPhone, Blackberry, Facebook and text.

That might not be necessary either as you can have directory assistance for free anywhere by caling 1-800-G00G-411. Simply dial 1-800-466-4411 and you can have Google search for a number for you – FOR FREE. No paywall to be included in the search party, no supporting a company that needlessly pumps out HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS of books each year that are not needed.

If, however, you don’t believe any of the above to be necessary, perhaps a job with Canpages is just what you need to get on the street and preach your version of the gospel.

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Geek Pyjamas From The Gap

These pyjama pants are straight from the set of The Big Bang Theory.

Pencil sketches celebrating the brains and innovative inventions of Einstein, Edison, and Bell and others are scattered in a pattern across the pyjama pants.

Jen is obsessed with pyjama pants and felt it was time to retire a few pairs of mine and picked up these cute pj’s for the geek in her life from The Gap.

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What It Feels Like To Be Fired

If the meeting you normally have with your boss suddenly has an extra person sitting off to the side, you know what’s about to happen.

This never happens alone. HR won’t let it happen alone and last night, on Grey’s Anatomy, when Izzie Stevens walked into the Chief’s office and saw someone from HR sitting in a chair at the desk, she knew exactly what was going down.

That’s how it happened for me. I walked in to an office and a meeting that normally had one person, had two waiting for me.

Now my reaction wasn’t as vivid and emotional as Izzie’s was on Grey’s Anatomy this week, but then again I wasn’t trying to get an Emmy. I just wanted the hell out of that office.

The Chief’s tone was calm. Selective. Brief.

The writer who penned last night’s Grey’s Anatomy, Mark Wilding, has felt the brunt of a “change in direction” himself and told of the story yesterday on the website Grey Matter, a brilliant blog where the Grey’s Anatomy writers do a morning after breakdown after each show.

I’ve been fired over the phone, in person, just before major holidays, a few months after I bought my first house – I’ve been fired a bunch. The people who fired me all had the usual litany of predictable reasons for letting me go. Budget considerations, you don’t write the voice of the show, we’re going a different direction. Every tortured explanation designed to make you feel better about yourself. And every one pretty much a lie. Because when they fire you the truth is they just don’t want you.
[Grey Matter]

Even if you haven’t been fired, you still know the feeling. It’s that same “it’s not you, it’s me” line you get when the love of your life leaves you. Getting fired is getting dumped. Losing your job is like losing your love.

It’s a feeling you never want to have, and they nailed it. I turned to Jen when the show was on and said “that’s exactly what it’s like.” It was chilling to relive it.

Now it’s about time to remember what it’s like to be hired.

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How To Build Office Teamwork

Struggling in a rut at work and need to break out with an explosive team building exercise?

Do a lip dub.

Take a cheesy song, throw away your inhibitions and commit.

Laugh. Be embarassed. Let go.

You’re not alone, you’re with your co-workers. They’re doing it too. You’re all in on the same joke at the same time and, if you’re lucky, you’ll become internet famous. At the very least, you’ll see a different side of your cube mate and you’ll have a 4 minute inside joke to share for the rest of your lives.

Here’s the latest lip dub that’s making us smile, I Want It That Way.

The originator, and still one of the best ever lip dubs, comes from the offices of College Humor where they did Harvey Danger’s Flagpole Sitta (top).

Want to build a solid team at work? Grab a camera and a lyric sheet for Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, or New Kids and let your hair down.

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